Jefferson University Hospitals

Occlusal Splints

Occlusal splints are removable dental appliances (bite plates, night guards) molded to fit the upper or lower arches of your teeth to manage temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, bruxism and sleep apnea. They are to be worn for a short amount of time so as not to cause permanent changes in your bite. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons at Jefferson will properly fit the occlusal splint for you to keep your jaw muscles relaxed and prevent grinding and clenching of the teeth.

If your condition is related to a sleeping disorder such as sleep apnea, our oral surgeons are committed to working closely with the sleep medicine specialists of the Jefferson Sleep Disorder Center as well as otolaryngologists who specialize in sleep disorders to get you on the way to a better night's sleep.